When Queen Wilhelmina returned from England after the Second World War, she lived for a while in a normal house on Nieuwe Parklaan 83. Well, normal… The house is a three-under-one-roof house and her entire household had moved into the houses next door (number 112 and 110). It was quite a nice place to stay. That’s not all, because there was more to this house.
Palace Huis ten Bosch and country house De Ruygenhoek were in bad shape after the war and the Queen thought that Noordeinde Palace was using too much coal and electricity. She didn’t think this was a good signal to the residents of The Hague, because everyone had a hard time after the war. That is why she decided to live in a ‘very ordinary’ terraced house. On September 6 1943 Queen Wilhelmina moved into the house.
Queen Wilhelmina has not even lived in the house on Nieuwe Parklaan for a year, but her stay is a lot of work. Before the Second World War, the house belonged to a Jewish family.
During the Second World War, the Germans had robbed the house of the Jewish family. During the war there was a nursery of the Wehrmacht (the German army) and the SS in the house. This was reason for Queen Wilhelmina to stay in 1943 to leave quickly and live at Noordeinde Palace again.
Max van Veen
Before the war, hat and cap maker Max van Veen lived in the building, together with his wife Alice Kahn and their three children Edgar, Onno and Sandra Joyce. The house originally belonged to Emmanuel Kahn, Alice Kahn’s father.